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04/15/2015 – Ephemeris – Besides Tax Day, it’s planets day on Ephemeris

April 15, 2015

Wednesday, April 15th, Tax Day.  The Sun rises at 6:58.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 28 minutes, setting at 8:27.   The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 5:44 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week.  Our brilliant evening star Venus is high in the west by 9 p.m. It will set at 12:06 a.m.  Mars appears much lower and to the right of it.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 9:48.  Jupiter will appear high in the southern sky in the evening.  It will set at 4:25 a.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion, and it’s the second brightest star-like object in the sky after Venus.  All four moons will be visible in telescopes tonight, Europa will be on the western side of Jupiter casting it’s shadow on the planet in the evening.  Saturn will rise in the east-southeast at 11:32 p.m.  It will be low in the south at 5 to 6 a.m.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Note:  Due to some incorrect calculations the Jupiter moon phenomena in the broadcast program was in error.  This transcript corrects that.

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter, Venus and Mars and remaining winter constellations at 9:30 p.m. April 15, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and moons as they would appear in a telescope at 9:30 p.m. April 15, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Europa's shadow

Closeup of Jupiter and Europa with its shadow cast on Jupiter at 9:30 p.m. April 15, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Saturn finder

Saturn and the evening stars of summer at 5:30 a.m. April 16, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn

What Saturn and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 5:30 a.m., April 16, 2015. Small telescopes will show only the moon Titan. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

 

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